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Lieutenant General Ferenc Kajári

14:33 May 9, 2023

Lieutenant General Ferenc Kajári was born on 5th July 1967 in Budapest, Hungary. He is married to Veronika and has a daughter and a son.

Upon graduating from the military secondary school, he joined the Kossuth Lajos Military College of the Hungarian Defence Forces in 1985. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1988 with an armoured reconnaissance officer degree and a general engineer degree.

Between 1988 and 1996, Major General Kajári served in various Infantry Brigades and MI positions as a platoon leader, company commander, S2 staff officer and Brigade S2.

In 1996, he was assigned to the Hungarian Engineer Contingent of IFOR and served as an S2 and liaison officer in the staff. On completion of his deployment, his career continued at the Ministry of Defence, where he served in a number of positions, most notably as the Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy State Secretary for NATO Integration. In 1998 he was selected to deploy in one of the newly established Partnership for Peace staff positions, and was assigned to the Headquarters of SACLANT, where he served in the PfP staff element until Hungary’s NATO accession in 1999 when he repositioned to serve in the Education and Training Department until his return to Hungary in 2001.

From 2001 he was serving in different staff positions at the J2 Directorate of the Hungarian Defence Forces. In the same year he enrolled to the National Defence University, and in 2004 earned his Master’s degree in military leadership.

In 2004 he deployed to Darfur as an EU representative and Military Observer of the African Union Mission in the Sudan (AMIS), where by the second half of his tour he organised the S2 section in his sector and became the sector S2 chief. In 2007 he deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as the first Hungarian Chief CJ2, ACOS in RC-North of ISAF.

Between 2014 and 2015 he attended the General Staff Course of the National University of Public Service, where he earned the “ZRÍNYI Award” of the class of 2015.

In 2016 he was appointed as the director of the Military National Security Service Intelligence Directorate. In 2017 he was promoted to Brigadier General, and in 2021 to Major General, and in 2023 to Lieutenant General.

2021 marks his most noted tour as he was selected and deployed to the position of Commander of the NATO mission KFOR until the hand-over in 2022 when he continued his service as the director of the Military National Security Service Intelligence Directorate until his promotion to which took up to his new assignment to Deputy Chief of Defence Staff on 8th May 2023

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Twenty years of MNCG

11:54 March 31, 2022

The 37th edition of the international meeting called Coordinating Committee (CC), made up by the six Participating Nations (PNs) representatives of the Multinational CIMIC Group (MNCG) was recently held in Italy. The Hungarian Defence Forces were represented by Brigadier General János Somogyi, Head of Operations Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command; Colonel Péter Balogh, Commander, HDF Cyber and Information Operations Centre (HDF CIOC), as well as by Lieutenant Colonel István Guba, Head of Department (cyber defence), Service Inspectorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command.

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V4 Territorial Commanders’ Conference

11:41 March 31, 2022

On 30 March, the Hungarian Defence Forces Territorial Defence and Support Command (HDF TDSC) organized the Territorial Commanders’ Conference of the Visegrád Four (V4) countries in an online format.

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Field study in multinational domain

09:24 March 31, 2022

Students of the Hungarian General Staff Training Course paid a visit to Headquarters Multinational Division Centre on 30 March in Székesfehérvár.


Hungarian airman completes ATC Apprentice Course in the United States

12:53 March 29, 2022

Lieutenant Gyula Sonnewend, an airman of the HDF 59th Dezső Szentgyörgyi Air Base recently attended a 10-week language course and a 14-week ATC (Air Traffic Control) Apprentice Course in the United States.


Defence policy directors meet in London

12:48 March 29, 2022

On 24–25 March, at the invitation of David Hogan-Hern, Director of the Euro-Atlantic Security Directorate at the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, MoD Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy Dr. Gergely Németh arrived in London for a two-day visit.

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The refugee crisis poses a challenge to all countries neighboring Ukraine

12:27 March 29, 2022

On 28 March, Defence Minister Dr. Tibor Benkő received in his office Oleg Tulea, Moldova’s ambassador to Budapest on a courtesy call. The primary aim of the visit was to discuss the treatment of the refugee crisis due to the Russo–Ukrainian War, as well as the military cooperation between the two countries.

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Coordinated and mutual support

12:06 March 26, 2022

Representatives of HDF Territorial Defence and Support Command (HDF TDSC) visited Headquarters Multinational Division Centre (HQ MND-C) on 25th March in Székesfehérvár.

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Strengthening Hungarian–French relations

16:14 March 25, 2022

On Wednesday, 23 March a reception coupled with an award ceremony was held at the French ambassador’s residence in Budapest. Among others, MoD Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy Dr. Gergely Németh was also among the recipients of the decorations. On Thursday, 24 March, Major General Zsolt Sándor, Deputy Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces received the French delegation on an official visit.

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Forward defence must be established on the eastern flank

15:55 March 25, 2022

The combat ready Hungarian battalion battlegroup declared to NATO has been made open, so from now on, other NATO member states can join it, too, announced Defence Minister Tibor Benkő after the NATO Summit on 24 March.


Hungarian battalion battlegroup becomes multinational

15:36 March 25, 2022

NATO is deploying land forces to reinforce its defences on its eastern flank. Having attended an Extraordinary NATO Summit held in Brussels, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő spoke about the details in Budapest on 24 March.